May Hartley

(c. 1850—1916) novelist and short-story writer

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(?1850–1916), novelist. Born in Dublin, she married an English scientist teaching at the Royal University [see universities]. Flitters, Tatters and the Counsellor (1879) were realistic studies of the lives of slum children. Hogan M.P. (1876) charts the rise and fall of an unscrupulous nationalist; The Honourable Miss Ferrard (1877) recounts the courtship of an impoverished girl; Ismay's Children (1877) explores the malignant influence of Fenianism; and Christy Carew (1880) describes the heartlessness of Catholic policy on mixed marriages.

From The Concise Oxford Companion to Irish Literature in Oxford Reference.

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